Last year, the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring hosted a pre-summit short course on Mentoring in the Digital Age. The short course was packed with thoughtful presentations by leading scholars and lively discussions about the impact of social media on mentoring relationships. Post-doctoral fellow Sarah Schwartz unveiled the results of an ambitious, international survey of mentors and staff’s social media practices, and this was followed by a panel discussion with Belle Liang, Sarah Kremer, Renee Spencer, Bernadette Sanchez, and Janis Kupersmidt. A highlight was the series of roundtable discussions in which practitioners and experts discussed the day-to-day conundrums and complexities that texting, Facebook, and other forms of social media have introduced into their practice. We puzzled through an array of questions with the goal of creating a uniform standard of best practice around social media in youth mentoring. This will be our challenge in the coming months, as we reflect on the many points that were raised and determine how to update the Elements of Effective Practice and the youth mentoring Code of Ethics to encompass the ever-expanding modes of connection. We also focused on these issues in a new study which contains survey results and guidelines, co-authored by a number of the featured panelists.
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MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For nearly 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools.
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